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UPDATED: Nine cases of COVID-19 in Salmo

The Village of Salmo office, library and youth centre are closed

Nine new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Salmo, according to a statement released Monday by the village.

The statement did not say who had tested positive or if there was a location-specific outbreak.

Interior Health told the Nelson Star in an email Tuesday that it was investigating the cases, but that its medical health officer was not yet declaring an outbreak.

“Identified active cases are self-isolating and public health is following up with any close contacts to ensure they are receiving appropriate guidance and follow-up,” read the email.

Positive cases in Creston were also confirmed Tuesday morning, although the number was not disclosed.

On Saturday, one positive case was made public by Salmo Community Services.

Executive director Maureen Berk declined to say if there had been more positive cases among Salmo Community Services staff when contacted Monday.

The Village of Salmo statement meanwhile said its staff had tested negative, but that its office would be closed to appointments for two weeks.

Salmo Valley Public Library, the Thrift Store and Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre are also closed.

Salmo Elementary School and Salmo Secondary, however, remain open.

Through Sept. 30, only 10 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed within the Nelson Health Area, which includes Nelson, Salmo and Kaslo.

But on Monday, Interior Health announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the region over the weekend.

RELATED: Town of Creston confirms positive cases of COVID-19

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